Greenspace of the Mind
By Janmarie Connor
Community gardens and parks, biodiversity projects, and ‘green’ designs are
on the rise across Indiana. Visit downtown Indy for yourself to see what reimagining urban living looks like. This is
due to our expanded understanding of the
correlation between Greenspace and our
physical, mental, and economic wellbeing.
Studies across multiple disciplines reveal
feelings of contentment, interconnectedness, and wellbeing increase in correlation to exposure to natural, green space.
But it shouldn’t take reams of scientific
data to support what we already know.
Greenspace makes us feel good. But why?
The Essence of Greenspace
In an age of amped-up, 24/7 stimulation,
whole industries have materialized overnight to capture and bottle the essence
of Greenspace. Mind-weary seekers will
spend billions this year in order to reconnect with a simpler way of being. Ahhh,
a more spacious way of being—sounds
nice, doesn’t it?
So, you ask, “What’s in Nature’s Greenspace elixir that generates such good vibes?
How can I bring Greenspace living into my
life?” You don’t need a rooftop garden or
an acre of forest to create your own meditative biosphere. It can be in your living
space or wherever you are. I’ve meditated
blissfully on intercontinental flights, last
row, coach class, with toilets nearby. With
just a little knowledge and some practice,
you can become your own Greenspace.
Two-Fold Response to Nature
Nature evokes two interrelated and beneficial types of response. The first is a more
obvious physiological response. Greenspace serves as Nature’s lungs by improving air quality, regulating the planet’s
temperatures, and protecting our waterways. Our bodies respond nicely to nature’s purity, like fresh air and clean water.
The second, and subtler response to
Greenspace involves another sort of purity. One which moves us from thinking
to feeling, from head to heart, and from
lower vibratory levels into higher realms
of vibration and consciousness.
Picture this. You’ve been glued to your
computer all day, running from task to
task to meet a project deadline. Your
mind is cluttered and you’re searching
for an escape. Next scene. You walk
into a luscious park, taking in the sights,
smells, and sounds of nature. While the
scene appeals to the senses, the greater
response is happening at the level of vibration—of consciousness. Now close
your eyes. Thoughts drop away further.
Feelings of wellbeing amplify. Nature’s
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